LISBON, PORTO, THE DOURO VALLEY, León, LA RIOJA, SAN SEBASTIÁN
Delight in the delicious flavors of Portuguese and Spanish cuisine on this 13-day journey from Lisbon to San Sebastián. Enjoy varied regional cuisines and famous wine regions on this culinary tour where we’ll learn to make Portuguese “pastéis de bacalhau”; enjoy Bairrada Leitão, a roast suckling pig; explore the extraordinary world of chocolate and cacao; take in delicious tapas; stop at wineries and learn more about Spanish apple cider! We’ll take in more than just culinary masterpieces as we visit historic cities and see scenic landscapes and coastlines. Along the way, we’ll also explore Belém, Lisbon’s riverside district, discover beautiful Porto, enjoy a scenic train ride along the Douro River, see the awe-inspiring Spanish Gothic architecture of Burgos’ cathedral, and more! Our adventure comes to an end in San Sebastián, home to one of the highest number of Michelin-star restaurants per square foot (including three restaurants with three Michelin stars!), some of the best food markets, and the delicious Basque-style tapas called pintxos!
Itinerary at a Glance
- 3 nights in Lisbon (Portugal)
- 2 nights in Porto
- 1 night in Douro Valley
- 1 night in León (Spain)
- 2 nights in La Rioja
- 2 nights in San Sebastián
- Lisbon City Tour & Belém Riverside District
- Pastéis de bacalhau Cooking Class
- Roast suckling pig lunch at underground wine museum
- Porto Walking Tour
- WOW Chocolate Experience
- Douro River Cruise
- Scenic Douro Valley Train Ride
- Tapas in León, Spain
- Burgos Walking Tour
- Wine Culture Museum with lunch & wine tasting
- Bilbao Walking Tour
- San Sebastián City Tour
- Apple Cider Experience
Your Tour Includes
- Optional round-trip airfare from the New York area (varies by departure) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Accommodations at first-class hotels
- 16 meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners plus 4 additional tastings
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
- Professional English-speaking Tour Director throughout
- Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
Is this tour right for you? Find out What to Expect
Passengers who purchase flights will depart 1 day before the tour starts and return on the same day as the tour ends.
Note: Flights are not available on departures.
You can find more details on the Before You Depart page.
Day 1: Arrive in Lisbon
Welcome to Portugal! Travelers who purchased our air-inclusive program will enjoy a panoramic tour of Lisbon on the way to our hotel. Tonight, our tour director hosts an orientation meeting and welcome dinner at our hotel.Accommodations: Lumen Hotel & Lisbon Light Show or Hotel Mundial or similar
Day 2: Lisbon
Day 3: Lisbon at Leisure
Day 4: Lisbon – Sangalhos – Porto
Day 5: Porto
Day 6: Porto – Pinhão – Douro Valley
Day 7: Douro – León
Day 8: León – Burgos – La Rioja
Day 9: La Rioja
Day 10: La Rioja – Bilbao – San Sebastián
Day 11: San Sebastián
Day 12: Depart San Sebastián
Guided Tour Pricing
Explore savings of up to $800 per person to dream destinations! Book by Mar. 1st.
Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from one or more airports in the USA. Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination. Please note this may change your tour start date.
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made online or by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
Enhance your trip with our recommended optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.
Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.
Full Day Sintra Excursion with Lunch & Winery Visit
Pintxos in Bilbao
Lumen Hotel & Lisbon Light Show
Porto Palácio Hotel & Spa
Vila Galé Collection Douro Hotel
Douro Palace Hotel Resort & Spa
AC Hotel León San Antonio
Barceló León Conde Luna
NH Logroño Herencia Rioja
Barceló Costa Vasca
What to Expect
Max Group Size: 20 travelers
Activity Level: Level 2
Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods up to 4 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day). Included touring may feature light hiking, and/or stairs on some hilly and/or uneven terrain. Learn More
Pacing Level: Moderate
Expect full-day tours most days with some limited free time at specific sites, for meals, and/or in the evenings. You can expect several early mornings and/or long travel days by bus (don’t worry—there are always comfort stops!), and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 2+ nights (with limited 1-night stays). Learn More
New in 2025: ETIAS Visa Waiver Required for U.S. Passport Holders
A valid passport is required for international tours. Effective for travel in 2025, U.S. passport holders are required to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver. Please visit our Passports & Visas page to learn more about any required actions, next steps, and additional costs.
For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.
The local tour guides need to understand that the group is composed of senior people and they need to match our pace rather their own pace. We’ve had to ask the guides to be more considerate. The whispers didn’t work too well and we couldn’t hear them too well.